Laura Murphy DeGrazia, CG, FGBS, Co-Editor of The Record, Authors Research in New York City, Long Island, and Westchester County

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NEW YORK, NY, April 29, 2013 -- The National Genealogical Society has released the newest edition in its Research in the States series: Research in New York City, Long Island, and Westchester County, written by Laura Murphy DeGrazia, CG, FGBS.   Co-editor of The New York Genealogical and Biographical Record and a longtime member of the NYG&B’s Education Committee, Ms. DeGrazia was elected a Fellow of the NYG&B in November 2012. 

The 44-page book provides a concise overview of key resources for researching family history in New York City and its neighboring counties: Nassau, Suffolk, and Westchester.  It includes chapters on key repositories, record types, and ethnic and religious groups.   NYG&B President McKelden Smith commented, “Laura’s book, which has been meticulously researched, is an essential addition to the reference shelf on New York family history.”  The book is available for purchase at the websites of the NYG&B www.newyorkfamilyhistory.org and the National Genealogical Society www.ngsgenealogy.org.

Laura Murphy DeGrazia, CG, FGBS, is a past president of the Board for Certification of Genealogists, where she remains a trustee.  Her articles and reviews have appeared in The New York Genealogical and Biographical Record, the National Genealogical Society Quarterly, the New England Historical and Genealogical Register, and other publications.  She is the co-compiler of two books, including Voices of the Irish Immigrant, which was published by the NYG&B in 2005.   She holds a BA from Adelphi University, magna cum laude, where she was a Presidential Scholar, and an MA in Computer Science, with honors, from Hofstra University, where she was a Grumman Aerospace Corporation Masters Fellow.   Ms. DeGrazia lives on Long Island.

“This is a boom year for New York researchers in terms of new resources available to them,” observed Ruth Carr, who was the longtime Chief of the New York Public Library’s Milstein Genealogy Division.  “The NGS downstate volume will be an invaluable companion and update to excellent, older works by Estelle Guzik, Rosalie Fellows Bailey, and others.  And the publication of the NYG&B’s massive gazetteer and guide to statewide genealogical resources will be the very first of its kind, which underscores what an ambitious undertaking it is.  New York’s historical significance as a major immigrant entry point, population center, and migratory pathway is unrivalled – which is why so many families ultimately connect back to New York -- and the NYG&B’s book will fill a huge void in the literature.”

In September the NYG&B will publish the first comprehensive guide to primary genealogy resources across all of New York State: The New York Family History Research Guide and Gazetteer.   More than 100 historians and genealogists have contributed to its content.   It will include: the first published gazetteer of New York place-names (past and present) in more than 100 years; individual guides to each of New York’s 62 counties, with original maps, a chronology of boundary changes, and lists of parent and daughter towns, repositories, and research resources; a genealogical timeline focusing on events that affected where and when people moved into and through New York; and essays on key topics in New York research. 

The New York Genealogical and Biographical Society has been a primary resource for research on New York families since 1869.  By offering educational programs, scholarly and informational publications, and online resources, the New York Genealogical and Biographical Society helps people of all backgrounds build connections with their families and their communities, ­ especially those linked to New York City, State, and region ­ and to appreciate their families’ experience in the broader context of American history.  The NYG&B maintains an eLibrary of unique digital material, including the entire run of its quarterly scholarly journal The NYG&B Record, for its members at www.newyorkfamilyhistory.org.

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